Climate, COVID, and Cages

Environmental Racism under Lockdown

a Marshall Scholars Hangout

Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour have experienced lockdown in very different ways than their white counterparts. Underlying environmental disparities have made BIPOC individuals more susceptible to COVID-19, while they are also overrepresented in ‘essential’ jobs and thus more exposed. BIPOC communities are also grossly overrepresented in literal lockdown via immigration policies and mass incarceration; while for those in quarantine, unequal access to green spaces is a major factor in mental and physical wellbeing.

The events of 2020 have granted racism in the United States and the United Kingdom more attention than usual, but the full problem remains unaddressed. Far more than a horrific moment caused by police violence, “I can’t breathe” is the basic norm for many in a world shaped by environmental racism.

  • Becca Farnum, 2012 Scholar
    Environmental Justice and Peacebuilding
  • Nico Montano, 2013 Scholar
    Abolition and Incarceration Reform
  • Bianca Mulaney, 2016 Scholar
    Healthcare and Economics
  • Shama Ams, 2014 Scholar
    Conflict and Governance

watch the conversation here
introductory slides with further reading are available here